Lozupone 3-For-4, Two RBI For Shoremen
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Stevens Institute of Technology jumped out to an 8-1 lead en route to a 9-6 victory over host Washington College on Tuesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in the home opener for the Shoremen in a non-conference baseball contest. The Ducks improve to 5-3 on the year, while the Shoremen drop to 4-2.
Stevens got onto the board in the top of the first inning when with one out Zeph Walters singled to center to score Nick Sieber for the game's opening run. The Ducks made it 2-0 in the top half of the third when Jonathan Toro scored on a throwing error by the Shoremen with one away. The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the last of the third when with two away senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) singled to center to chase home freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel).
In the top of the fourth the Ducks scored three times with two outs to push the lead to 5-1. Toro would single up the middle to plate both Drew Hanke and Harrison Kaye to give Stevens a three-run lead and Toro came home two batters later on a Walters base hit to centerfield.
Stevens would score three times in the top of the sixth to take an 8-1 cushion. Kaye and Toro came home on a throwing error with nobody out to make it 7-1 and Sieber scored on an RBI groundout by Walters to cap the scoring.
The Shoremen would storm back with a five-run last of the sixth to cut the Stevens lead to 8-6. With nobody out, sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) singled through the right side to score sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) to reduce the lead to 8-2. Two hitters later, senior Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored on an error to trim the lead to 8-3. With one away, Meder came home on a wild pitch to shave the Stevens lead to 8-4. The Shoremen with two outs cut the deficit to 8-6 on a Lozupone base hit up the middle to score freshmen Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) and Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice).
The Ducks would get a run back in the top of the eighth with one out when Michael Mule' hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Sieber to make it 9-6. The Shoremen got the tying run with one out in the last of the ninth, but a pair of flyball outs by Washington ended the game.
Toro went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Walters went 2-for-4 and three RBI for the Ducks as the guests had 10 hits in the win. Sieber scored three times, while Kaye came home twice. On the mound, Gary Boardman got the win to improve 1-1 as he went six innings. Ryan Patterson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his second save of the campaign.
Lozupone had a game-best three hits to record his second three-hit game of the year and drove in a pair as the Shoremen had eight hits in the game. Alexa worked out a pair of walks in the contest. On the hill, sophomore pitcher Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) took the loss to drop to 1-1 as he went two innings and allowed the game's first run.
The Shoremen committed eight errors in the game and led to Stevens scoring four unearned runs, while the Ducks committed only one error, but Washington turned it into two runs.
Washington is back in action tomorrow afternoon at home against visiting Delmarva rival Wesley at 3:30 p.m.